At The Mountains Of Madness - Part 5 - The Final Nightmare

from by Richard Coyle

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“At The Mountains of Madness” tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains.

“At The Mountains of Madness” was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US. While considered by fans to be part of the Cthulhu Mythos stories that HPL is most famous for, some academics argue that the author was actually ‘demythologising’ much of his earlier work. Whichever it is, the story is massively popular, and there are talks of a movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg and Guillermo Del Toro in the offing.

Part 5 - The Final Nightmare

William Dyer, a geologist from Miskatonic University, writes of his incredible experiences whilst exploring Antarctica, in the hope of dissuading a new team from travelling to the same location. Dyer and Danforth have encountered four strange obstructions and realise that these are creatures similar to the images of ‘The Great Old Ones’ they have seen. Danforth’s scream of terror attracts the attention of a fifth creature who pursues them through the tunnels, the two men fleeing for their lives.

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from At The Mountains Of Madness, released November 15, 2010
Originally aired on BBC Radio 7

Written by HP Lovecraft
Abridged by Paul Kent
Read by Richard Coyle
Music by Jon Nicholls
Produced by Neil Gardner

A Ladbroke Radio production for BBC Radio 7

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